Statement by the Catholic Communications Office correcting today’s Irish Times article referring to Cardinal Seán Brady – 30 November 2011

30 Nov 2011

Statement by the Catholic Communications Office correcting today’s Irish Times article referring to Cardinal Seán Brady – 30 November 2011

A news report carried on the front page of today’s Irish Times referring to Cardinal Seán Brady, and a High Court case which has been settled by the Archdiocese of Armagh and Mr Brendan Boland, includes some serious inaccuracies.  As a follow-on to this article a number of journalists have contacted the Catholic Communications Office today citing this report as part of their own news research.  The following information is now being issued to correct the record:

  • The settlement has been agreed between the plaintiff and the Archdiocese of Armagh on the basis that abuse suffered by the plaintiff occurred in the archdiocese.
  • It is not true that Cardinal Brady reached a settlement with another teenager involved.
  • The other teenager referred to in this newspaper report was not Ms Marie McCormack.  The other teenager has never brought any action against Cardinal Brady or the Archdiocese of Armagh.  Therefore, the Irish Times statement that “In June 2010 Cardinal Brady reached an out of court settlement … with the other teenager who was abused by Fr Brendan Smyth in 1975” is false.
  • The reference in this news report of payment to Ms McCormack is also wholly inaccurate.  Ms McCormack settled her case with the Norbertine Order.  All compensation was paid by the Norbertines.  No contribution was made by the Archdiocese of Armagh or by Cardinal Brady to the damages paid to Ms McCormack.

Separately, when Cardinal Brady was recently asked to offer an apology and to acknowledge and accept the failings of the Church in its handling of the case, he immediately offered to meet Mr Boland, in person, to offer that apology.  Whilst this offer was not accepted it still stands.  Cardinal Brady feels that this is the most appropriate way to offer an apology in the circumstances.


Further information:

Catholic Communications Office Maynooth: Martin Long 00353 (0) 86 172 7678 and Brenda Drumm 00353 (0) 87 310 4444